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East Palo Alto celebrates its 30-year anniversary

Original post made on Jul 1, 2013

When East Palo Alto resident Vicki Smothers was born in 1954, East Palo Alto was unincorporated land governed by San Mateo County. Residents did not have much of a voice in the decisions made for the area.

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Posted by Paly Parent x3
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 1, 2013 at 10:56 am

This is fantastic news! Congrats East Palo Alto. Also, the fireworks show was spectacular to see from afar. I commend you for this positive event! It would be great if you had a formal fireworks show every 4th of July for families to gather and picnic.

Think about it! I am so very proud of you as a City! Just... fantastic!! Congrats and stay positive!

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Posted by Former EPA resident
a resident of Stanford
on Jul 1, 2013 at 11:04 am

What a wonderful celebration. It is so funny that there are so many comments about the shootings and the crime that the City is plague with, but there are no comments about the Great Parade and Anniversary that was celebrated in honor of a City this weekend. Let me say that the children had fun, the families were able to come out and enjoy the beautiful weather and the celebration was very much needed. To the coordinators of East Palo Alto along with it's volunteers, residents and staff keep up the effort to make the residents feel safe to come outside.

When you leave it to God's Will all things get better.

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Posted by Raymond
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 1, 2013 at 11:58 am

I heard the fireworks display. I felt it was quite insensitive for a community that lives with gunfire nightly.

Peace and quiet are what the residents of EPA need and deserve.

Which IDIOT thought Fireworks would be a great way to celebrate?

Terminate that person immediately withoput notice!

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Posted by Paly Parent x3
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 1, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Raymond... Are you kidding me? What a joke. Negativity flourishes on these threads and in human beings constantly. Would you rather illegal fireworks or one that is run by the city LEGALLY and in a positive manner, like an independence celebration of 30 years of a city.. or better yet... Independence Day in America.

People like you never cease to amaze me with your ignorance. It's okay for Stanford, Mountain View and other neighboring cities, but not this one because of the sound?? Why don't you go fly a "silent" kite and find your peace and quiet that way, because any noise from a joyous activity and patriotic sounds like a controlled 4th of July ~ Independence Fireworks ~ is an insult to any intelligent (or clearly unintelligent) person who lives near gun violence because they can't tell the difference. Sheez...

Better yet... here's an easy solution for your sensitivity. MOVE.

Good grief.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 1, 2013 at 2:58 pm

We weren't able to go & enjoy the festivities, but many of our neighbors did & people had a great time. Even some of the jaded oldtimers were impressed, espec by the fireworks display.

For those of us w/frightened dogs, we appreciate the advance notice so that we can medicate the pooches & help keep them calm.

In reflecting upon this 30th anniversary & William Webster's standing room only crowd at his opera's debut in Paris ("Poor Little Rich Girl"), I am touched and impressed.

I hope that the coming General Plan update engages many of our residents to give their much needed input to help shape this city's future! Raymond, I hope that you participate in this endeavor.

For so long, so many residents here & caring non-residents have done so much for this city. Thank you.

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Posted by Confused
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 1, 2013 at 5:05 pm

One of our neighbors was also surprised by the noise. I don't get it. I thought the city did a great job getting the message out about the celebration including big signs around time.
We enjoyed the fireworks and wished we'd had time to join more of the party.

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Posted by whattha
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 3, 2013 at 2:59 pm

The celebration was glorious I was there for the full day of activities it was so nice to see people from all cultures out to celebrate East Palo Alto as a city I think it would be a good idea to have a good firework show on the 4th every year to bring families together almost every family that lives on my block came out and was so happy to see the fireworks it was a positive feeling in the atmosphere it reminded me of what use to be here in our community I have been here since 1968